A photographic "replica" of "Samson and Delilah" by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)
Part of "Romeo & Juliet" series.
The original painting depicts an episode from the Old Testament story of Samson and Delilah (Judges 16). Samson, having fallen in love with Delilah, tells her the secret of his great strength: his uncut hair. Rubens portrays the moment, when having fallen asleep on Delilah's lap, a servant proceeds to cut Samson's hair. After, a weakened Samson is arrested by Philistine soldiers. The soldiers can be seen in the right-hand background of the painting.
In my version (of the picture), Romeo is sleeping in Juliet's lap after their first night together. Romeo's dead friends – Tybalt and Mercutio are trying to wake him up because he has to leave the city, according to Friar Laurence's plan. The Nurse (in the right-hand background of the painting) is watching the scene. As usual, she is the one who knows everything about Juliet's "secrets".
About the photo series:
The “Romeo and Juliet” series consists of five photographic “replicas” of famous artworks, and ten photo-paintings, which do not copy specific works of art, but are rather inspired by classical examples. The photo-replicas represent iconic moments in the play and by serving as a bridge to other plots, give substance to the idea that Romeo and Juliet’s story tells not only of fatal love (“Samson and Delilah”, Rubens), but also of anxious anticipation (“A Bar at the Folies-Bergère”, Manet), of overwhelming grief (“Pietà ”, Michelangelo), of innocent victims (“The Descent from the Cross”, Rogier van den Weyden), and of cruelty that knows no boundaries (“The Third of May 1808”, Goya).
photo paper, PVC sheet